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tonight on "rock center," why is the u.s. under attack in places that america helped to hoy en rock center. liberate? as the violence spreads in the middle east, richard engel what has covered the arab spring is live in die yo and the family of christopher stevens speaks for the first time about the widely respected diplomat killed in the attack in libya. >> he was a great person to be with. he was funny and inspirational on many levels. also tonight we check in on the low road during this decision 2012. >> never worked addae in her life. >>ed to koppel takes us inside the industry where they spend every moment of every day watching and listening for the next comment that could blow sky high. >> you have people sitting there
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with headsets. zo >> gaffe seekers. the whole campaign is about gaffes. >> he's the most googled person on earth. perhaps fitting because justin bieber came to us via the web. tonight his goals for adult life. >> i just don't want to be another teen heartthrob. >> a famous musician and heartthrob turns 18. >> i feel like they're judging me based on my music and the not based on the flick of my hair, although that's fine. i don't hate that. >> plus, the back story of the handcuffed lovers in the photo that's been the talk of the web this week. that and more as "rock center" gets under way. good evening, and welcome. we have done some rearranging on our broadcast tonight because of news that broke over the last 48 hours. attacks on american facilities overseas, some of chem in so-called friendly nations and
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the murder of four americans including our u.s. ambassador in libya. today there were protests in no fewer than 11 different countries. there are concerns that when friday dawns in the middle east there could be more trouble. more on that in a moment. tonight we want to begin with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel, who tonight will try to show us why in some many places so many of the gains of the arab spring are now coming under attack. >> reporter: in tunisia where it all began, they're burning american flags. in yemen the strong man is gone but the american embassy is under attack. in libya where the u.s. led a costly nato war to topple gadhafi, militants torched the complex and kied the first american ambassador is over 30 years. >> how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction?
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>> as the libyan president flew to benghazi to visit the destroyed consulate today, he said he deeply regretted the loss of life. >> we're doing our best to bring them to justice. >> the attack showed he does not have complete control of his country. in cairo where the united states turned its back on its old friend hosni mubarak, radicals are troying to destroy the embassy with running battles with riot police in tahrir square, tear gas and stones. it's ironic that with american diplomats inside the embassy who helped to give these demonstrators, these protestors a voice and allowed them to actually carry out this anti-american clashes that we're seeing right now. so what did washington think would happen if he won? as the new egyptian president morsi was campaigning to lead the world's biggest arab country in elections the u.s. supported, he used radical creatures to
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stump for him. >> without a doubt he doesn't support the violence. >> ed hussein, a former muslim extremist is now with the council on foreign relations. >> what motivates them is the perception that islam and muslims have been insulted, and there needs to be a response to that. it's where his instincts are. he can't see why this would be wrong, and i think the evidence for na is he called for the u.s. government to prosecute the filmmakers. >> now president obama says he's not sure where the relationship with egypt stands. >> i don't think that we would consider them an ally but don't consider them an enemy. >> why does the air rib spring look like a winter. it has little to do with the internet video. that was just a trigger. >> this is a photo opportunity. >> the problem goes back to the men the u.s. relied on to keep order. for decades they fed their people a diet of lies, hate and half-truths that boiled down to
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two concepts. the united states and israel are fighting a war against islam. and the war is hidden in secret conspiracies. the goal was to keep the people's anger focused elsewhere, not on the regime's corruption and inability to produce jobs and basic services. by now those sentiments are deeply engrained. >> the perception in the muslim countries is that the whole world is at war with islam. >> oxford university professor ramadan is the grandson of the founder of egypt's muslim brotherhood and explains each world, islam and the west, to the other. >> we shouldn't forget that even in egypt or in tunisia "the dictator"s were supported by the americans, to there is a perception at the end of the day what matters for the americans is not the dignity of people. it's their interest in the region.
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>> the other major bone of contention, u.s. support for israel and so just weeks after mubarak was overthrown, one of the first things the newly empowered egyptians decided to do was ransack the israeli embassy. democracy wasn't winning, but an ugly form of populism was. now the u.s. is running out of friends in the region. this wave of chaos was triggered by a relatively minor provocation, a blip, but it's a signal that the united states may have helped unleash sentiments it can't control. even if it's still unclear where all this is heading. >> it's worth remembering that egypt is a country of 90 million people, and we're seeing at the most 2,000 to 3,000 people there. so the vast majority of the arab world, you know, is not on the streets protesting against america, and it's also got to remember that the libyan government has gone out of its way to issue apologies to the u.s. >> maybe moderates will win over
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time, but they're not winning now. and that could not have been the hope when the arab spring began. >> richard is with us live tonight just above tahrir square in cairo. richard, i remember you and i were walking through there at the very start and at the very height of the protests. you were saying we'd be back, and you didn't know about whby consequences. how does it feel different this return trip for you? >> reporter: well, i think i was concerned we'd be back, because i knew when the lid was torn off this region, for probably very good reasons, the people here were suffering. the economies were terrible. the regimes were corrupt. it wasn't working before, to things had to change. but when they had this abrupt change, i was very worried about what would bubble up to the surface. when you have miseducation, delivering the conspiracy
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theories for decades after decades, and this consistent mindset driven into people that the west is against islam and everything is a u.s./israeli con sphere s spear see to bring down the middle east, and when you elevate that to the position of power, good things don't happen. this is a blip in the road, and this period will end. i think there will be many more periods like this when we realize that there is a new power structure at play, a new mentality governing this region that the u.s. is going to find very uncomfortable. >> for our viewers who don't know, you got out of college at the states to stanford and you learned over to cairo to learn journalism and arabic at the same time. this is a city and culture you know well. tomorrow is friday prayers, and the eyes of a lot of people are focused on that place tomorrow. what's your prediction? >> reporter: i think it should be fairly calm tomorrow.
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people are going out to demonstrate, but they are not demonstrating right in front of the u.s. embassy. even people who support the protests against the islamic offensive, movement against islam do not support what is happening in front of the u.s. embassy right now. those people who are out there, some of them are hooligans and some are street thugs, unemployed people. i think you'll see protests, but not like the ones we see right now. >> richard engel back in kcairo tonight. thank you. we're go to tripoli. he made a long and harrowing journey there, and i want to talk to you about the afak in benghazi. i heard it described that security outside that villa, our kouns late where we lost four americans was fairly light. there were four local libyans with aks. we know that the ambassador had a security detail. the question is was it
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connectsed with this it overall protest over the movie's depiction of islam? could it have been an actual what's left of al qaeda attack? >> reporter: brian, it seems according to libyan officials it's a hybrid of both. there was a spontaneous protest in anger over the film, but local officials believe that a militant group perhaps affiliated with al qaeda exploited that opportunity to attack the elm bass yes. there's evidence to suggest the way the firefight broke out and lasted after americans were evacuated to a nearby safehouse and were subsequently followed that the sophistication of the attack, the weapons used, the nature of the ambush suggest it was more than just a spontaneous outburst of violence and anger. that, in fact, it was planned. there is evidence this evening suggesting among those that have been arrested by libyan officials that was the case. in the next 24 hours we are expecting u.s. investigators to arrive here, and that will certainly shed more light onto what exactly drove these
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protestors into this deadly assault on the u.s. consulate. brian. >> okay. back in tripoli to begin reporting for us as the bodies of those americans come back to this country. among the four americans killed in tuesday's attack on the u.s. consulate there in libya was our u.s. ambassador, christopher stevens. he was a californian, 52 years. by all accounts a classic foreign service officer. a former peace corps volunteer who was very proud to serve, very much at home in the world and hardly wanted the cushy assignment, quite the contrary. he liked the challenge and was proud to represent the u.s. overseas in a country like libya. his family is gathering in washington tonight, and just within the past hour i spoke to his younger sister, hillary, from our washington bureau. hillary, we are aware how easy the world was for him to get around, to meet other cultures,
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stay in different places. did he ever talk to you about unease over security? was he cognizant of any threat? was he content with the level of his security? >> he spoke a little bit about the security, but he really didn't make a big deal of it. he more spoke of how much he enjoyed the work he was doing and the diplomatic mission that he was on. >> we keep hearing from libya that local people were very, very upset over his death because he had made so many friends on the ground there. >> yeah. i even got to visit in 2007, and he was very close friends with a tennis-playing family in the community. he was very close to a lot of the libyans on personal levels. >> it's the first time in a generation in a u.s. ambassador has been killed on the job. in all of the rush of bad news and travel and preparing to bring him home, have you had a chance to measure what he meant
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to so many other people? >> yeah, i'm sort of beginning to collect those -- how much he meant to, you know, both the nation and internationally. obviously, the first thing i felt was the personal loss. he was an amazing brother. >> in what ways would you say he was an aamamazing brother, for those of us who didn't get to know him? >> he was always -- he always came home for christmas. he was always there. he always came to different events. he was just a great person to be with. he was funny. he was a great sports partner, travel partner. he was inspirational in many levels. >> our condolences to you again. our thanks very much for being with us tonight from washington. hillary stevens. >> thanks. >> we will take a break at this point. when our broadcast continues
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welcome back. we've been off the air for two weeks because of our coverage of both parties political conventions and presidential politics during this post-convention week have mostly consisted of the attacks back and forth over the attack in libya that killed our ambassador and three others. you may be seeing it all again in tv ads before we're done, and that's going to become the tenor of this political cycle. tonight ted koppel takes us inside the industry that's been set up to monitor and capture everything that gets said. they are trolling, of course, for that rare moment when someone says something wrong. >> his admirers have learned to relish the moment.
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first the setup, usually clips from cable news. >> god is gone. i think there was one reference before. the republicans said 12 references to god in their platform. >> how can they be an entire section on faith if you don't mention god. >> then the spike. >> i have faith in a god that's not so insecure he doesn't freak out if you don't make -- >> where does he find that stuff? sometimes curiously enough the same place that he -- >> the limbaugh institute for advanced conservative studies -- >> finds his. there is an industry out there on both sides monitoring and recording anything that could hurt the political opposition. scrutinizing and distributing gaffes committed by the right, media matters found by david brock. it has a staff of about 80 and an annual budget topping $10 million. >> it's quiet in here because there's a lot of concentration required. they're listening to talk radio. they're watching the fox news
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channel. >> what i'm doing is monitoring live is looking out for stuff that sounds suspicious. >> media matters monitors fox and the right wing talk show hosts, limbaugh, han knit, michael savidge. >> groups like media matters, they're the political police and fascists of our team monitoring conservatives trying to trip us up and get us in trouble, and they're sending it to would be dictators like pelosi, the mouse lien any in a skirt or obama. we don't know whether he's be like muss lynn any or stalin. one of the two would work. >> they do the same job on left wing outlets and what it calls the mainstream media. >> constantly monitoring every broadcast and major publication and website, documenting bias as it occurs. >> we provide all this to the mark levines and sean han kniha
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and rush limbaugh. >> brent founded the media research center. bill maher has always been a favorite target of his, but especially since he made a $1 million contribution to a super-pac supporting barack obama. all it takes is whether you've got the media matters on the one hand or brent boozele's outfit on the other hand. you have people sitting there with headsets 50, 60, 70 of them watching television sets, listening it to radio programs, waiting for someone to make a misstep. >> that's right. gaffe seekers. it's all -- >> anything they can find. >> the whole campaign is about gaffe. >> hillary rosen is intimately familiar with the gaffe seekers both as a target and as a political operator herself. >> as a democratic strategist who is on tv with my opinions, i'm very often going to media
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matters for the depth of research on an issue. >> describe what they do. >> what media matters does or brent boozele's outfit does is they have instantly at their fingertips four or five years of mitt romney video clips and quotes and tapes of what he has said in the past. >> same thing on the other side, right? >> you count on those organizations essentially to be research arms for our partisanship. >> so they're feeding the sausage machine? >> absolutely. >> which brings to mind the old chestnut, that the laws are like sausages. it's best not to see them being made. all you really need to know that a 30-year-old law student, sandra fluk, was not permitted to testify on this all-men panel of clergy and thee engines last february. a few days later house democrats convened a special meeting on the steering and policy
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committee so sandra could complain judge her catholic university georgetown should be obliged to offer free contraceptive drugs. >> in the media lately some conservative catholic organizations have been asking what did we expect when we enrolled in a catholic school? we can only answer that we expected women to be treated equally. >> her testimony caused scarcely a ripple in the mainstream media, but the notion of forcing a catholic institution to pay for contraception caught the attention of brent boozell's organization and four days later his website ran this column. sex-crazed coeds going broke buying birth control student tells pelosi hearing touting freebie mandate. that was the version that landed in rush limbaugh's lap a couple it. >> essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. what does that make her?
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it makes her a slut, right? it makes her a prostitute. >> even limbaugh had gone too far, which he compounded the next day by going even further. >> if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> bingo. limbaugh had committed the kind of gaffe that fuels an entire industry, and he gave the obama white house a gift that keeps on giving. >> i love this generation of republicans. their approach to a woman's body is the same as their approach to the economy. they have no idea how it works, but they're eager to screw with it anyway. >> even as she made her first appearance on msnbc, sandra fluke received a phone call from the president. >> he encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of american women.
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>> rush limbaugh had turned sandra fluke into a political icon. the democrats used his exact words to tar the gop by association. >> if we're going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> we women have got a serious problem with the republican party. >> then the democratic strategist hillary rosen appearing on cnn delivered just what the romney campaign was looking for. a countergaffe. >> what you have is mitt romney running around the country saying well, my wife tells me what women care about are economic issues. when i listen to my wife, that's what i'm hearing. guess what? his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. >> not quite as bad as limbaugh, but enough to energize the gaffe seekers supporting romney. >> the comments hillary rosen made today have awakened many mama grizzlies across the
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nation. >> this is how the democratic party thinks of women unless they're career women and have foreign nannies. >> how many tweets? >> thousands within a couple of hours. >> who is following those tweets and how does it jump from twitter to another mediimmediam? >> the way it jumps is that news producers see it. news producers are on twitter and reporters are on twitter. so if something happens late at night, it becomes fodder for the morning news shows. >> the next step was all but immediate. the president, the first lady, everyone but the white house gardener disassociated themselves from hillary rosen's comment. now the halo victimhood had shifted to ann romney's head. >> his wife has actually never worked a day in her life. >> ann romney has never gotten her ass out of the house. >> happy mother's day from barack obama's team.
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>> the gender gap was actually beginning to narrow a little when todd akin, the republican senate nominee from missouri offered his insight on rain. >> from what i understand from doctors, that's really rare. if it's a legitimate rape, the body has ways to shut it down. >> akin may have thought he was talking to a local television station, but within a couple of hours, a liberal monitoring group put his remarks out on youtube. >> the republican party let this strand of strange politics grow within its midst. >> romney, perhaps reluctant it to antagonize rush limbaugh's audience, had fumbled the sandra fluke fi i can't say co-. it this time he was quick to recognize the danger. >> i think it was outrageous and offensive. i asked him to get out of the race. i've distanced myself from the kind of thing he said as far as i possibly can. >> at the gop convention ann romney herself tried to undo
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what damage had been done. >> i love you women! >> but the democrats clearly feel they have an edge on this issue. discovered by the media research center, raised to national prominence by rush limbaugh, now poised and polished, sandra fluke. >> our president, when he hears that a young woman has been verbally attacked thinks of his daughters, not his delegates or his donors. >> ted koppel is here with us in the studio in our giant chairs. it reminds me of the beach boys song "heroes and villains." there's no angels here. this is a two-sided fistfight. >> what sandra fluke said there at end was sweet, but it didn't have the additional advantage of being entirely true.
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bill maher said vile thing about bristol palin, sarah palin's daughter. when he made a $1 million donation to a barack obama super-pac, conservatives called on president to disavow what he said and to give the money back. of course, neither happened. >> next week we want to tell the folks that you're going to have part two of your reporting. i didn't know there was any media culpability in this, but apparently you found some. >> we are as much to blame, i think, as any other major industry in the country. we'll be talking to bill o'reilly about that. >> everybody here is grabbing the bottom of their seats in anticipation. that's next week on "rock center." good to see you. up next tonight, the latest stop on our road trip this summer, and a bit later on in tonight's broadcast, he's the teen idol trying to make the
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if you watched us this summer, we're sending our camera group out to see what they find. this week we look at the great custom of summer family reunions. you're about to mete the matthews family who are part of a big, proud tradition of big gatherings that's especially strong african-american families. our road trip tonight stops in decatur, alabama, where family member sarah bradley introduces us to everybody else in the
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family. >> every few years we get together and celebrate our family. >> let me give you a great, big hug. >> we've been looking for you. >> my name is sarah montez matthews bradley, and i have planned the matthews family reunion. it's a lot of laughter. it's a lot of hugging, kissing. my, you've grown. i haven't seen you in years. you've aged. you're thinner. you're not so thin. we have over 200 members of the matthews family here this weekend. we have from 0 to 84. it's loud. it's boisterous. it's exciting, jubilant, and it's a good time. the first family reunion was in 1975 in cedar lake.
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it was in the '7 0s. everybody had afros. we started to hold reunions because it was a feeling we only got together for funerals and sad occasions. it was an opportunity to get together and celebrate each other at a happy time. it's very important to us as african-american families that we stay connected. i really think it goes back to slavery, because we were scattered and we became a cohesive family. we did not want to lose that connection. >> we traveled pretty far to be here. >> every year there's a t-shirt that will have the theme of the family reunion on it. this year's reunion was returning home to our roots. we came back decatur where our family started. >> the old-fashioned way. >> i took the greyhound bus. >> it was like a 12-hour drive. >> this is our family picnic, because the first reunion was just an all-day picnic. >> food is what connects us.
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food makes us feel good. >> i loved it. >> what we're trying to do is let our children and our children's children come back and see where we grew up so they can make the connection for where we came from. >> my grandmother was like, okay, this summer we're going to our family reunion. i was like, oh, we have to go there? it's too hot. it's too hot. there's no shade. i don't want to go there. it's going to be boring. but it turned out to be awesome. >> i got to meet my cousins that i didn't even know that i had, and i got to play with them. >> my hope is that people take away from this reunion that die indica decatur, alabama is always home no matter where they are. if they're in afghanistan or on the moon or down the street,
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it's almost inevitable whenever you hear people talk about seeing justin bieber on tv these days, especially if they haven't his voice has changed. he's grown up so much. maybe it's more acute in justin bieber's case because he's so ubiquitous. about half his life so far has been televised. now suddenly he's 18 years old, old enough to vote and serve in
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the military and where his career is concerned, there's the big question, now what? ryan seacrest who has been all grown up for a while recently sat down with the biebs and talked about life so far and the road ahead. >> it used to be that pop stars were judged by how many records they sold or how many stadiums they filled and by those numbers, justin bieber certainly measures up. but to him these numbers mean much more. he has 46 million facebook fans, 27 million twitter followers, and 2.9 billion youtube views. he's the most googled person on the planet. and the world's first social media superstar. >> is that your phone? >> it's my phone. 18 always texting. i have girls texting me all the time. >> from his current love, fellow teen star selena gomez, to his encounters with the paparazzi, there's hardly a minute that's
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not instantly out there. why do you feel the need to share so much with your audience and with your fans? >> i feel like they feel like they're so connected with me because they found me through the internet. i think that they feel a different type of connection. >> it all began five years ago when bieber's mom posted clips of him on youtube. the only audience she thought would be his grandma. ♪ for a little respect >> it turned out someone else was watching, too. >> it was a mistake that i stumbled on those videos. what really grabbed me was that here's this white boy in canada, a little church contest, and he was singing this song with a -- a really big r&b song with a lot of soul. >> music manager scooter braun discovered bieber on youtube and has worked with him ever since
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the singer was 13. >> he's an entertainer. he's a true entertainer. >> braun says bieber's success is no accident. staying connected to millions of fans takes a lot of work. >> think about it this way. there hasn't been a day he hasn't tweeted and facebooked in probably four years. he works nonstop. there was a point where we broke every child labor law out there because we were working seven days a week, 16-hour days, and justin just pushies through it. >> braun is carefully guided bieber from a young internet breakout to teen idol. >> people seem to think i'm claiming he's the next beatles or next michael jackson. that's not what i'm doing. i'm trying to make him the next justin bieber. he's commenting himself as an artist that doesn't lose the kids and grows with adults. i think as long as he makes great music, all this other stuff, excuse me for my language, is just bull [ bleep ]. if he makes great music,
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everything else will fall into place. >> now they work together to find the next social media sensation. it was actually bieber who was impressed with carly recep say . >> what did you think when you heard if. >> call me maybe, who thought of this song. i keep listening. all my friends in the car, 18-year-old guys singing this song. i'm like who is this person? i told scooter, i was like this song is amazing. i tweeted about it. >> bieber convinced braun to sign jepsen and took to youtube with his own lipped up version. it was the viral video of the summer. ♪ just call me maybe >> so call me maybe. >> the two recently performed together in london.
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you're the power to anoint. >> thank you. >> scooter braun is hoping his winning streak will continue with this guy, whose unusual dance moves are burning up the internet. ♪ >> cy, a korean pop store just signed with braun's schoolboy record label. while viral videos may help launch a career, justin bieber is now the test case for whether they can sustain one. when you sit at home night and think about your goals and the things you're striving for next, what's on that list? >> well, grammys, because i haven't won a grammy. so that's something that i've always like when i was little, what if i won a grammy? that would be crazy. that's one of the things i'm struggling for. >> what's that's why his new book, the digital creation has a hard covered book is titled jt
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ju just getting started. i love being the underdog. it gives me and my fans something to do and strive for next. do you still feel like you're the underdog? >> in some ways i'm the underdog because some don't believe i can make a transition to being a teen pop star to an adult. >> he's right. it's a move that only a few teen stars like michael jackson and justin timberlake have managed. remember all those who haven't? of course you don't. the world seeing you grow up, but you say you're not completely grown up yet. what do you mean by that? >> i mean, i feel like i'm definitely growing up. i'm 18, but remember when you were 18. >> not too long ago. >> when you're 18 you're not fully a man yet. you're growing into being a man and becoming the person that you're going to be, but i feel like i still have my young moments and i still have my life. i don't take it too seriously.
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i just don't want to be another teen heartthrob, because that just annoys me. i want to prove people wrong. ♪ everything's going to be all right ♪ >> his new album "believe" looks and sounds more grown up, even if bieber isn't quite there yet. >> hearing old people say, wow, this new album is great. they're judging me based on my music and not based on the flick of my hair. that's not what i want, although that's fine with me. >> you don't hate that? >> i don't hate that. >> our thanks to the combo of sea crest and bieber. you want next tonight, what was it about the photo of the couple under arrest that hit the web a few days back that got people all revved up? not anymore.
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pensando. the movie was the simmering sexual tension on the plot line. >> we rob banks. >> it was really violent, and while you couldn't picture them registering for wedding gifts at target, it worked as a killer romantic duo, which might be why this photo has received so much interest this past week. two lovers under arrest at manhattan criminal court following what police say was a citywide graffiti spree. he's the painter and she's his girlfriend. the photo was noticed as part of a contest by the director ron howard, and we've added sexy background music to enhance the effect. ♪ kiss me darling ♪ kiss me like you'll never kiss again ♪ >> when the photo went big-time viral the photographer found the woman who told an interviewer, we had a crazy romance all summer.
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it is like a movie. there have been some wonderful additions lately to the classic web theme of photo bombing. that's when someone unintended ends up in the picture without you realizing it. there's a groet repository of them on buzz feed. the best photo bombers are animal friends the hippo who wanted in on the shot a lot of cats bombing other photo opes. there's the wedding horse, the bear in the background and the flying bird. aamid the penguins instant seal post heidi klum breakup and this shot considered the granddaddy of them all, the squirrel that photo bombed the family vacation. another genre is dog shaming, dogs bad who can't read and too ashamed to look at signing the owners post. it's especially big in britain, and these perpetrators are exposed to the world along with their crimes.
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their fakes expressions, their lack of eye contact speaks volumes about their guilt. too often the victims are cats, and it's probably time the world new about it. a camera stolen by a brazen sea gull in san francisco flying out over the water with the device, live coverage in flight over the bay until depositing the camera a distance away. it flies off and the cam recovered by the owner. airplanes in the news this week. first the real kind, american airlines announced pilots can use ipads in the cockpit to display flight maps. say it with me. i bet they won't have to turn off and put away all electronics for fatake-off and landing. "airplane" was voted funniest of all time. a survey of viewers found three laughs a minute on average. here are three in 11 seconds. a hospital, what is it? >> it's a big building with patients.
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>> it can be a cap or tear dak tell. >> i am serious, and don't call me shirley. >> embarrassment for the democrats. they went big on veterans at their convention after mitt romney famously failed to thank the military in his acceptance speech. the problem? the warships in their big military graphic. they turned out to be the russian navy black sea fleet. the democrats apologized and blamed a vendor era. computer news was big this week. we heard from mark zuckerberg for the first time since facebook stock faceplanted half its value. audible in the background, older parents across america saying he's worth $12 million and couldn't wear a nice er shirt? then there's the new iphone5 because it's so many weeks since the last iphone. it's bigger, thinner, faster and better, but there's a huge bummer. it doesn't fit of the 6,000
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charges devices you already own, but also may have lost or left had hotel rooms. across this country people this week vowed to not give in this time. they vowed to fight the power or at least the power cord. and for all of us apple customers who truly believe we can fight the power, the estimates are apple will sell 50 million of the new iphone5s between now and christmas. best of luck fighting the power. that is it for tonight's broadcast of "rock center" and it's that time thanks to the magic of television, matt lauer and savannah guthrie have a preview of what's coming up tomorrow morning on "today." coming up fry jake gyllenhaal. >> get ready to dance. korean sensation cy performs live on the plaza. >> multiple appearances for cy tonight. next week on "rock center," i
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will go behind the scenes with steve buscemi. finally he's a true leading man as his show on hbo ""boardwalk empire"" gets ready for season three. >> first rule of politics, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. >> a great actor and former new york city firefighter. we'll have his story next week on the broadcast. for everyone who worked so hard to get this week's broadcast on the air, thank you for watching. for now, good night from new york. for the folk in the eastern half next at 11:00, more violence in the middle east as actors from the anti-islamic film tell a revealing story. this is more than just a house fire. we'll tell you about the blaze and its connection to bay area history. the news is next. rands, a greasy bag of deep-fried easy. ♪ fortunately with hamburger helper's 40 varieties a home-cooked meal is never out of reach.


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